Chapter

Tying the Yuma to the Stick

Kenneth Routon

in Hidden Powers of State in the Cuban Imagination

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034836
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034836.003.0005
Tying the Yuma to the Stick

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This chapter focuses on a so-far unexplored dimension of the literature on the Special Period—namely, the ritual management of desire via the use of love magic in the tourist-driven economy of Havana, Cuba. Tracing ethnographically some of the ways in which love magic is both talked about and practiced, it focuses on how the distortions of a dollarized tourist economy have come to be perceived as magically controlled and controllable. Love magic targeting foreign tourists in post-Soviet Cuba is simply one strategy to make ends meet in the new culture of resolver.

Keywords: ritual; love magic; Havana; post-Soviet Cuba; tourist economy; social culture

Chapter.  9409 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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